Argonaut Gold Announces Third Quarter 2012 Revenue of $72.9

Argonaut Gold Announces Third Quarter 2012 Revenue of $72.9 Million
and Net Income of $27.2 Million 
Earnings Per Basic Share of $0.29 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- Argonaut Gold Inc.
(TSX:AR) (the "Company", "Argonaut Gold" or "Argonaut") is pleased to
announce its financial and operating results for the third quarter
ended September 30, 2012. All dollar amounts are expressed in United
States dollars unless otherwise specified.  
THIRD QUARTER 2012 & RECENT HIGHLIGHTS 


 
Financials                                                                  
 
--  Revenue of $72.9 million ($22.7 million in Q3 2011). 
--  Net income of $27.2 million, $0.29 per basic share. 
--  Cash flows from operating activities of $36.5 million. 
--  Cash on hand was $42.8 million at September 30, 2012. 
--  Repayment of $6 million debt and the Company is now debt free. 
 
Gold Production and Cost                                                    
 
--  Ounces loaded to pads: 53,906 gold ounces. 
    --  El Castillo: 41,630 ounces (39% increase from Q3 2011). 
    --  La Colorada: 12,276 gold ounces and 1,164,742 silver ounces. 
--  Production of 31,074 gold ounces in the third quarter of 2012. 
    --  El Castillo: 24,575 gold ounces. 
    --  La Colorada: 6,499 gold ounces and 41,937 silver ounces. 
--  Cash cost per gold ounce sold - $577 (Year to date $601). 
 
Operational Improvements:                                                   
 
--  Capital expenditures of $8.8 million on mineral properties, plant and
    equipment. 
--  El Castillo 
    --  Conveying and stacking system on the East Side Pad was fully
        functional during the third quarter 
    --  West Side Pad 8 permit granted, with pad construction to be
        commenced in fourth quarter 
    --  Land agreement signed extending term for an additional 10 year
        period 
--  La Colorada 
    --  Explosives permit received to begin full scale mining in 2013 
    --  Phase 2 pad construction is one-third complete 
    --  Refining facility completed; now handling all materials from El
        Castillo and La Colorada 
    --  During Q3 of 2012, overburden removal commenced to prepare for fresh
        ore mining 
 
Exploration                                                          
       
 
--  Signed letter of intent with Bravada Gold Corp. for the Wind Mountain
    Project in Nevada; the project aligns with jurisdictional focus, low
    entry risk, reasonable acquisition cost of $30/ounce and good
    exploration potential on the project. 

 
This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's
unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the
third quarter ended September 30, 2012 and associated management's
discussion and analysis ("MD&A") which are available from the
Company's website, www.argonautgold.com, in the "Investors" section
under "Financial Filings", and under the Company's profile on SEDAR
at www.sedar.com. 


 
                                                                            
                            Three months           Nine months ended        
                      ended September 30,              September 30,        
Financials                   2012    2011 Change        2012    2011 Change 
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Revenue ($ millions)      $  72.9 $  22.7   +221%   $  134.8 $  70.0    +92%
Net income ($                                                               
 millions)                $  27.2 $   6.0   +360%   $   45.8 $  17.1   +170%
Income per share -                                                          
 basic                    $  0.29 $  0.07   +329%   $   0.49 $  0.20   +150%
Income per share -                                                          
 diluted                  $  0.26 $  0.06   +333%   $   0.44 $  0.19   +132%
Cash flow from                                                              
 operating activities                                                       
 ($ millions)             $  36.5 $   7.7   +374%   $   49.6 $  19.4   +156%
Gold ounces sold           42,534  13,260   +221%     80,279  46,052    +74%
Gold ounces produced       31,074  16,884    +84%     76,081  52,351    +45%
Average realized gold                                                       
 sales price              $ 1,666 $ 1,707     -2%   $  1,649 $ 1,517     +9%
Overall Cash cost per                                                       
 gold ounce sold          $   577 $   628     -8%   $    601 $   597     +1%

 
Financial Results - Third Quarter 2012  
During the third quarter of 2012, revenue was $72.9 million from gold
sales of 42,534 ounces compared to $22.7 million from sales of 13,260
ounces in the third quarter of 2011. Cost of sales was $34.8 million
for the quarter compared to $10.8 million for the third quarter of
2011. Cash cost per gold ounce sold was $577 compared to $628 in the
same period of 2011. (Cash cost per gold ounce sold is a non-IFRS
measure, see note below).  
During the third quarter of 2012, gross profit was $38.0 million
compared to $11.9 million gross profit in the third quarter of 2011.
During the quarter, profit from operations was $35.7 million compared
to $10.4 million for 2011. Net income for the quarter was $26.2
million or $0.29 per basic share versus $6.0 million or $0.07 per
basic share in 2011.  
Cash on hand increased from $21.4 million at June 30, 2012 to $42.8
million. Capital expenditures in the third quarter were $8.8 million
primarily as a result of expanding operations at the El Castillo and
La Colorada mines. The 2012 capital expenditures and exploration
programs for Argonaut Gold includes $47-$50 million at El Castillo,
La Colorada and San Antonio which includes pre-production stripping
at La Colorada of approximately $3-4 million. Cash flow from
operations was $36.5 million during the quarter, compared to $7.7
million for the third quarter of 2011.  
CEO Commentary  
Mr. Pete Dougherty, Argonaut's President and CEO states: "The Company
saw both record gold production as well as record gold sales during
the third quarter. The record sales during the third quarter provided
a nice boost in earnings for our shareholders and allowed us to repay
a $6 million short term debt note. The increase in production is the
result of higher grade than that anticipated by the mine plan grade,
commissioning of the west side pad and realizing the full benefits of
the new stacking and conveying system at El Castillo." 
In commenting on the recent announcement regarding the acquisition of
Prodigy Gold, Mr. Dougherty added: "Argonaut Gold was created with
the idea of building a company that would produce between
300,000-500,000 ounces of gold annually. With the pending addition of
the Magino mine in Ontario, we will have the gold resources available
to achieve our vision to continue the creation of a gold mining
company with a high leverage to gold resources, low capital entry
point, low operational costs and a stream of projects that contain
hidden value drivers. Execution of that vision will be the result of
the Argonaut employees striving to obtain greater results every day,
as they have previously demonstrated, since we have been in
operation." 


 
El Castillo Operating Statistics                                            
                                    3 Months Ended           9 Months Ended 
                                     September 30,            September 30, 
  
                                               %                        % 
                              2012    2011  Change     2012    2011  Change 
                           ------- ------- -------- ------- ------- --------
Mining (000s)                                                               
--------------------------                                                  
Total tonnes mined           6,355   4,842     +31%  17,358  14,572     +19%
Tonnes ore mined             3,083   2,908      +6%   8,640   8,233      +5%
Heap Leach Pad (000s)                                                       
--------------------------                                                  
Direct ore tonnes to pad     1,811   2,283     -21%   5,528   6,016      -8%
Crushed ore tonnes to pad    1,270     613    +107%   3,273   2,202     +49%
Production                                                                  
--------------------------                                                  
Gold grade (g/t)              0.42    0.32     +38%    0.40    0.33     +19%
Gold loaded to pad (oz)     41,630  29,997     +39% 112,133  87,777     +28%
Gold loaded to carbon (oz)  24,575  16,884     +46%  61,907  52,351     +18%
Gold sold (oz)              33,839  13,260    +155%  66,286  46,052     +44%
(1) "g/t" is grams per tonne                                                
(2) "oz" means ounce                                                        

 
El Castillo Summary of Production Results  
Total tonnes mined in the third quarter 2012 were up 31 percent
compared to the third quarter 2011. Of note, there was a 107%
increase in crushed tonnes during the third quarter of 2012 over the
third quarter of 2011. The total ounces loaded to the pad were 41,630
in the third quarter; a 39% increase over the third quarter of 2011.  
The strip ratio of waste to ore was 1.06 compared to a strip ratio of
0.66 in the third quarter of 2011. 
2012 production guidance at El Castillo has been increased to
84,000-85,000 ounces with a cash cost between $625 and $650 per gold
ounce. 


 
                                                   3 Months                 
                                                    Ended                   
                                                    Q3     Q2      %     YTD
La Colorada Operating Statistics                  2012   2012 Change    2012
                                                ------ ------ ------- ------
Mining (000s)                                                               
-----------------------------------------------                             
Total tonnes moved                               2,708    840   +222%  4,226
Heap Leach Pad (000s)                                                       
-----------------------------------------------                             
Crushed ore tonnes to pad                          848    744    +14%  2,272
Production                                                                  
-----------------------------------------------                             
Gold grade (g/t)                                  0.43   0.43     +0%   0.43
Gold loaded to pad (oz)                         12,276 10,173    +21% 31,335
Gold loaded to carbon (oz)                       6,499  4,590    +42% 14,174
Silver loaded to carbon (oz)                    41,937 25,796    +63% 84,915
Gold sold (oz)                                   8,695  5,298    +64% 13,993
Silver sold (oz)                                52,861  9,748   +442% 62,609
(1) "g/t" is grams per tonne                                                
(2) "oz" means ounce                                                        

 
La Colorada Summary of Production Results  
Approximately three quarters of the Phase 1 material to be
reprocessed has been recrushed and restacked for leaching.
Construction on pads 8, 10 & 11 has begun and approximately one-third
of the pad has been completed. The crusher relocation and
enhancements are scheduled for Q4 which has led to production
estimates of 3-4,000 ounces of gold. Final crushing circuit expansion
is scheduled for early in Q2 of 2013.  
Overburden removal began in the third quarter of 2012 with
approximately 1.8 million tonnes moved. 2012 production guidance at
La Colorada was been increased to 17,000 -18,000 ounces with a cash
cost between $625 and $650 per gold ounce. 
Looking Forward - 2012:  
The Company plans on investing a total of between $48 million to $50
million on capital expenditures and exploration initiatives in 2012.  


 
--  $33-34 million of capital expenditure investments 
    --  El Castillo - Capital expenditures are primarily for expanding West
        heap leach pad capacity and operational improvements including a
        conveying and stacking system. 
    --  La Colorada - Capital expenditures are primarily for new
        infrastructure including crushing, screening and conveying, heap
        leach pad construction, a gold recovery plant and refinery, and
        other infrastructure. Additional expenditures are expected to
        include land acquisition, and permitting. 
    --  San Antonio - Capital expenditures are allocated for engineering and
        environmental studies, land and water rights purchases, permitting
        for the project and infrastructure improvements. 
--  $5 million for La Colorada pre-production stripping costs 
--  $10-11 million exploration program 
    --  El Castillo - 1,400 metre core drilling program to collect
        mineralized sulphide ore for further metallurgical test work. 
    --  La Colorada - 35,000 metre drill program to expand resource areas
        and test multiple exploration targets within the Company's land
        position is in progress. Planned drilling on mine dumps and
        stockpiles was completed during the quarter. The main resource
        targets for 2012 are El Creston and Veta Madre. 
    --  San Antonio - 10,500 metre drill program to test multiple
        exploration targets and complete condemnation drilling in areas of
        planned processing facilities is ongoing. 

 
Non-IFRS Measures  
The Company included the non-IFRS measure "Cash cost per gold ounce
sold" in this press release to supplement its financial statements
which are presented in accordance with International Financial
Reportin
g Standards ("IFRS"). Cash cost per gold ounce sold is equal
to cost of sales less silver sales divided by gold ounces sold. The
Company believes that this measure provides investors with an
improved ability to evaluate the performance of the Company. Non-IFRS
measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS.
Therefore they may not be comparable to similar measures employed by
other companies. The data is intended to provide additional
information and should not be considered in isolation or as a
substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with
IFRS. Please see the MD&A for full disclosure on non-IFRS measures. 
Technical Information and Mineral Properties Reports  
The technical information contained in this document has been
prepared under supervision of, and reviewed and approved by Mr.
Thomas H. Burkhart, Argonaut's Vice President of Exploration, and a
qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 ("NI
43-101"). For further information on the Company's properties please
see the reports as listed below on the Company's website or on
www.sedar.com:  


 
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                          NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources and       
El Castillo Mine          Reserves, Argonaut Gold Inc., El Castillo Mine,   
                          Durango State, Mexico dated November 6, 201
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                          NI 43-101 Preliminary Economic Assessment La      
La Colorada Property      Colorada Project, Sonora, Mexico dated December   
                          30, 2011                                          
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                          Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate on 
San Antonio Gold Project  the San Antonio Gold Project, Baja California Sur,
                          Mexico dated June 30, 2011                        
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                          La Fortuna, Durango, Mexico, Technical Report     
La Fortuna Property       dated October 21, 2008                            
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About Argonaut Gold  
Argonaut is a Canadian gold company engaged in exploration, mine
development and production activities. Its primary assets are the
production-stage El Castillo Mine in the State of Durango, Mexico,
the La Colorada Mine in the State of Sonora, Mexico, the advanced
exploration stage San Antonio project in the State of Baja California
Sur, Mexico, and several exploration stage projects, all of which are
located in Mexico. 
Creating Value Beyond Gold 
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements  
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially
from management's current expectations. Actual results may differ
materially due to a number of factors. Except as required by law,
Argonaut Gold Inc. assumes no obligation to update the
forward-looking information contained in this news release. 
Contacts:
Argonaut Gold Inc.
Nichole Cowles
Investor Relations Manager
(775) 284-4422 x 101
nichole.cowles@argonautgold.com
www.argonautgold.com